Like the Bösendorfer piano of the Theater of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus (UPR)was restored so that its sound will be heard for generations, the classical pianist and music producer, Adam Cruzsays that it was restored to offer its public a different show on Sunday August 14.
“Adlan Cruz, between the piano and friends” will arrive at the UPR campus in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the 30-year artistic career of the also philanthropist. While rehearsing for the “show” at the Cannon Club restaurant at The Gallery Inn hotel, in the Old San Juanthe musician stated that there are so many plans he has in mind for this presentation that two hours will not be enough.
“We need a full night. The repertoire will include pieces from my career as a soloist, composer and pianist. I am also going to play unpublished music of my own, some of them accompanied by a dance group”, said Cruz, who also invited the Caribbean Tenors Yet the Royal Symphony Orchestra to be part of the evening.
The Puerto Rican pianist, who has performed more than 30 musical productions and has performed in more than 60 countries, predicts that the concert will be full of nostalgia, since it was at the UPR Theater where he began as a soloist three decades ago. He will also be accompanied by the Austrian Bösendorfer, an instrument that marked his career “forever”.
“It will be something unique because, among that audience, there will also be people who supported me from the beginning”, added the proud father who will perform for the first time on a Puerto Rican stage with his two children Anna Isabella and Adlan Yahir.
“It will be a unique moment as a dad. They have traveled with me to South Africa, we have been to France, Spain and Guatemala, and they have been part of what Dad does as a concert artist. Last Christmas tour they traveled with dad to the United States and joined in concerts, but in Puerto Rico, this will be the first time that we perform together”, he mentioned with pride.
Adlan Yahir, who wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up, shared that he really likes spending time with his dad. Likewise, he commented that although he has had several music teachers, he prefers his father.
Ana Isabela, meanwhile, aspires to be a radiologist. The oldest of the brothers, without any nerve, expressed that she is “very happy” and that “it is an experience that not many people can have.”
Father and sons have prepared a tango with six hands to delight the public that meets.
His story with the Caribbean Tenors
The relationship between Cruz and the Caribbean Tenors began last May when Gabriel Montanez invited the pianist to participate in a special for the Mother’s day which was broadcast by Telemundo from the Fort San Geronimo. According to the musician, the public’s reception was so positive, “that we had to take her on stage”.
This, in turn, represents the debut of the group of young people on an island stage. However, for Montañez and Kedward Aviles, the opportunity is doubly special.
“We studied together at the IUPI, that’s when we met and started doing theater. We did the musical ‘Evita’ and then ‘La finta giardiniera’ by Mozart. After 12 years, returning to that theater, to our alma mater, is an honor, and together with the teacher Adlan Cruz who has given us the opportunity”, explained Montañez.
Aviles, for his part, affirmed that this is the ideal occasion for his followers to get to know them better. The singer took the opportunity to reveal some details of the presentation whose tickets are on sale at Ticketera.
“There are a lot of emotions because, finally, we are going to put on a concert with the public, then they will be able to get to know our personalities better. We are four very different voices, four different styles, and what unites us is the passion for art, music, especially Latin American music. There are things that people do not imagine are going to happen there”, emphasized.
Cruz together with the Caribbean Tenors will perform from classic pieces such as the “Concierto de Aranjuez” to a popular medley of John Gabriel.
From Florence, Italy, Angel Vargas, joined the words of his companions. Who currently participates in the Mascarade Opera Studio program, pointed out that “the moment we have waited for two years has finally arrived.” Full of gratitude, the tenor added that having Cruz has been “a blessing.”
Meanwhile, the youth group is preparing to launch their first musical production dedicated to love, which will include songs from Chayanne Y Juan Luis Guerra. Adlan Cruz, by his side, is ready to embark on the “30 years” tour that will take him to destinations such as Nigeria, Uganda and France.